Jason C. Stanley

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“Go Out of the Ark”

“Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.'” (Genesis 8:15-16, NRSV)

For forty days and forty nights Noah and his family, along with an ark full of animals, floated. Finally, the rains stopped and the waters receded. And then, God said to Noah, “Go.”

“Go out of the ark.”

They had gone into the ark to seek shelter from the coming storm. They had gone in obedience to the word of God.  But once the waters receded, it was time to go out.

They had been inside long enough.

Too often we choose to stay inside the ark. Read “church” or “comfort zone” or “pew.”   And it’s comfortable in our arks. It is safe and familiar. We know what to expect inside our ark.

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Noah was a Hipster

courtsey of http://serenajk.blogspot.com/2011/04/noah-builds-ark.html

A few weeks ago in youth group, we took a look at the Noah narrative in Genesis.  During our conversations, the students became to think of Noah as a hipster.

Urban Dictionary identifies a hipster as someone who possesses independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive, creativity, intelligence, and witty banner.   I’m sure if we did a character study on Noah, we could find evidence of these characteristics.

Noah was called to do something that others saw as illogical and foolish.  The image above shows neighbors poking fun at Noah as he builds the ark.  Despite the mocking and hateful speech being thrown at him, Noah continued to go against the culture, he swam against the tide, and he thought for himself.    In the midst of a troubling time, where the “cool thing” had little to do with God, Noah faithfully followed  his call to build this ark.

What if we all thought for ourselves and didn’t choose actions and words based on what others say or think?  What if we all followed our vocational calls with such courage and faith?  What if we all were hipsters in our own right?

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